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5/7/15 – 5:28 A.M.

There are several areas of road work you’ll want to try and avoid in Findlay today. Paving work will be taking place on Western Avenue, Broad Avenue, Vincent Street, and Brenda Court. The work could continue through Saturday depending on the weather.

Western Avenue will be temporarily closed at times from West Main Cross Street to Lima Street because of tight working conditions. Western and Broad avenues will be reduced to one lane both ways from West Main Cross Street to Howard Street from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Vincent Street and Brenda Court will be closed to traffic from Bernard Avenue to Parkside Place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting today.

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5/7/15 – 5:17 A.M.

A lawsuit has been filed in connection to a mistake that killed the University of Findlay’s grass last spring. The Courier reports the school is seeking compensation from USA Lawn & Landscaping’s insurance firm. As part of the legal process the landscaping firm is named in the suit as well.

In a statement released from UF Wednesday, officials said Celina Mutual Insurance has failed to cover the university’s costs. USA Lawn had paid for a policy that included “pesticide or herbicide applicator coverage.”

Last spring, an employee with USA Lawn accidently used an herbicide that killed grass and weeds while trying to treat the lawn for weeds. The university says the USA Lawn provided a “large sum of money” for the school to replace the grass.

MORE: The Courier

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5/7/15 – 5:05 A.M.

A four-car crash took the life of a Findlay man Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened on West Bigelow Avenue near Broad Avenue around 4 p.m.

65-year-old Raymond Landes was driving west on Bigelow when he hit the back of a car driven by 29-year-old Amber Brown. The collision caused a chain reaction, causing two more vehicles to be involved in the crash. Landes was pronounced dead at Blanchard Valley Hospital. An investigation is underway to see if the crash or a medical condition killed Landes.

Brown was taken the hospital for treatment of her injuries. The other two drivers were not hurt.

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5/7/15 – 4:39 A.M.

The suspect in two Miami Valley bank robberies is apparently taking her crime spree north on I-75. Allen County sheriff’s deputies say the woman stole cash from a Shawnee Township bank yesterday after claiming she had a gun. Surveillance camera images show she’s the same person who recently held up banks in West Carrollton and New Carlisle.

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5/7/15 – 4:31 A.M.

Construction begins today on a new housing project at Bowling Green State University. The new Greek Housing Village will have nearly three-dozen townhomes to accommodate each fraternity and sorority on campus. University officials say the village will replace a scattered network of Greek housing that dates to the 1940s.

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5/6/15 – 8:16 A.M.

Findlay firefighters dealt with a small fire this morning. Several fire trucks were seen in the 700 block of North Blanchard Street around 7:30 a.m. A dispatcher tells us the fire was likely out by the time firefighters arrived. Crews remained on scene to ventilate the home.

No other details were immediately available.


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5/6/15 – 6:51 A.M.

You’ve heard that every vote counts when it comes to an election. There’s nowhere that’s truer than in Kenton today. The Lima News reports the Kenton mayoral race ended in a tie Tuesday. Both incumbent Randy Manns and challenger Tom Taylor ended up with 205 votes.

There are still three provisional ballots to be counted, but that won’t happen until May 21. There are also three absentee ballots outstanding. They’ll be counted if they arrive with a May 5 postmark.

MORE: Lima News

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5/6/15 – 6:46 A.M.

A renewal levy in the North Baltimore school district passed with ease Monday. Results from Wood and Hancock County show 64 percent of the votes cast for a 1 percent, five-year income tax were in favor of the measure. The tax generates $695,000 per year for general operating expenses.

It was first passed in 2006.

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5/6/15 – 5:30 A.M.

Another step towards building a new joint justice center in Seneca County was taken this week. The Review-Times reports Tiffin City Council has approved a memorandum of understanding for the project. The county commissioners will now develop a contract with the North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments to serve as project manager.

The justice center will be built where the former courthouse once stood in Tiffin. It’s expected to cost $8.5 million and will house two common pleas courts, the clerk of courts and Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court when completed. The county will own 75 percent while the city will own the remaining 25 percent.

The commissioners have requested a timeline for project details. They are also asking for a list that spells out who handles what parts of the project.

MORE: Review-Times

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5/6/15 – 5:18 A.M.

The people behind a recent prescription drug collection effort were honored Tuesday night. The Courier reports the Hancock County Prescription Drug Abuse and Opiate Task Force recognized the group during the Findlay City Council meeting. Around 412 pounds of unused medication were collected last week in Findlay.

Commendations were given to the Findlay Police Department and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. Task ?force members Joe Rader and Bruce Deppen also received recognition.

MORE: The Courier

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